Severe Roll Over Accident, 8 days Ago

by Milly
(north east UK)

Hi I was a passanger in a car accident 8days ago, The car lost control hit a double sign post at 70MPH impact was on my side of the car, the car flipped over and rolled over at least 3 times and also landed on my side. Thankfully we were both able to climb out of the wreckage with cuts and bruises. At the time I felt uninjured apart from neck and shoulder pain (prob due to adrenaline) the ambulance strapped us to spinal boards with neck braces.

They xrayed my spine and neck, about 20mins after I started to feel the pain, my left side had been badly crushed, my shoulder and neck instantly came up in bruises, all down my side and my leg was swollen massively in 2 areas and also my ankle is swollen. A lump came up on the back of my head on the left side.(afterI left the hospital)Also my whole spine was painfull when touched.

They gave me morphine and anti sickness and sent me home with diclofenac 50mg and codeine phosphate 2 30mg every 4 hours. They explained that my injuries would feel worse over the next week but its been 8 days and I still am in agony with my shoulder and neck, i get waves of getting a temp and feeling really sickly all the time. All I want to do is sleep but cant get comfortable, Im very irritable and just feel like crying all the time. I often wake up having a panic attack during the night re living the accident. How long does it normally take for these kind of injuries to start to feel better? Any help would be great.

Kind regards
milly

Hi there, Michelle here...


Dear Milly, wow. I am so glad to hear you were able to “walk” away from your severe accident. This one was massive. I am going to do my best to give you advice and some things to read about in hopes it helps you out!!

First, the hospital is WRONG!!! Yes in one week you will likely feel worse than you did at the moment of the accident, but NO it will not then start to get better. For an accident of this severity you are going to be in pain likely for quite awhile. I do not want to be negative nor create worry for you.

However, I always believe in telling patients the truth and telling it straight. If you don’t want to know, skip this paragraph! Ready? Your report of your injuries, and my experience I would say you are going to be in significant pain for 3 months easy, and very uncomfortable for another 3, and probably won’t feel like yourself for closer to a year.

That is a wicked amount of time, but you have A LOT of injuries and your hospital seems to have missed some vital stuff.

1. Please make an appointment immediately with a local medical doctor. You should not be getting a temperature, and you may have something going on. This is a GO TO THE DOCTOR RIGHT THIS MINUTE kind of advice. I am also going to email you to make sure you get this. Right now. Go to the doctor.

2. When you are at the doctor she or he will need to check out your ankle and your swollen leg, they need to examine your lump on your head to see what is going on there, I am guessing you have a concussion.

3. You need REST REST REST. And a lot of it. Please after you go back to the doctor, rest. As often as you can lay down. Use ice where it hurts then lay down. And then, more laying down. Its not fun, but healing takes a ton of energy, and when you are injured you need to restore yourself and rest is the key.

When you get overtired, which can be so easy to do, you will find yourself extremely fragile, and either get irritable or you will want to cry or bonus, both things.

4. Ice. And then More Ice. If it hurts ice. Ice is good for swelling, reduces pain, helps your body heal. Ice.

5. AFTER and ONLY AFTER you have seen your medical doctor, please see a chiropractor. You will need to take any treatment slowly as it hurts it sounds like everywhere.

Your chiropractor will recommend some physio-therapy likely. GO SLOW. If it hurts back off the therapy a bit, slow it down. This is NOT a time for “more pain- more gain”. This is a time to go easy and slow and rest.

6. It’s normal to feel traumatized after such a massive accident and injury. You are experiencing really normal and healthy responses to this event. You are in a lot of pain, its difficult for you to rest deeply because everything hurts so of course you are then over tired which makes having any reserves for emotional stuff lower or even empty. When you see your doctor tell her or him you are having panic at night.

YOU DO NOT NEED MEDICATION FOR THIS! A good doctor will recommend someone for you to talk to who can work with your trauma and your stress and help you cope and this will help you ease off the tremendous fear this event caused.

Medication will simply mask your symptoms and will not help you get over them. Take your time, give yourself a break, you are doing sooo well after something so massive happened in your life. What you are feeling may also be related to your head injury.

7. When your doctor sees you hopefully she or he will talk to you about the injury to your head and whether you need to see a neurologist.
This is a ton of information and I am sure it sounds really stressful and fearful... but what you are describing to me sounds fixable, very fixable, meaning I believe you will recover COMPELETLY from ALL your injuries, including the likely concussion.

So please, trust that you will recover, and just make some doctor visits happen so you can get the care you need right away.

8. You can add comments to this page with questions, or to update me on how you are doing and what your doc says, if you wish... I would love to hear what your doc says...Be well. Rest is your friend.

Best Regards, M.

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by: milly

Hi yesterday i went to the fracture clinic and they said it will take 3 weeks upto 6 to get better but i am no longer using the sling as it was really hurting my neck. I tried the new medication with no luck i was sick 3 times yesterday after trying to eat and drink, the feeling sick is constant and gets alot worse if i travel in the car, i asked the doctor in the fracture clinic as i was boiling with the shakes and he said it was the tramadol and i had to decide what is worse the sikness or the pain. I stoopped all of my medication cos i felt so ill. I have got up this morning and i feel no better. i dont no wether to call the doctor or just hang on and see if it is the medication. Cos if its not the medication i would rather take it as everywhere aches and my shoulder is agony. many thanks milly

Hi Milly, M here...



I have emailed you with my response, check your email, or send me another comment if you did not receive the email.

But the short version for all the website readers is this: GO BACK TO THE DOCTOR. When anyone is injured, and you are reacting to the drugs, and you are in pain, it means your doctor needs to know, AND your doctor needs to get more creative with the family of drugs he is offering for your pain relief.

In this day and age there are hundreds of combinations that are extremely effective for pain relief, and your doctor can and will find one...

Best Regards, M.

Sep 04, 2012
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Thankyou so much for the advice.
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Hi M. Thankyou so much for you help and advice. it it so nice that someone has the time to explain things cos i have felt quite alone through this.

I went straight to the doctors this morning and he belives the sypmtoms i have been experencing are side effects of the codine phophate, the shakes, temperature, beign itchy all over feeling very sickly all the time. I thought it might be that and stopped taking it the day before.

i have felt much less sick and my temp has been ok this afternoon. He has prescrbed me Tramadol 50mg and Diazepam 2mg for night time to help me get some sleep and just help my muscles relax. He checked my legs and ankle and says he doesnt belive anything is broken and he said they will take a long time to heel as the impact of the crash has badly damaged the parts where it hit. He isnt worried about my head as the lump has gone down.

He sent me to the hospital to xray my shoulder and it is fractured. I have a sling (which hurts my neck but helps my shoulder) the doctor checked over my xrays of my spine and neck and said it will be sore for a long time.

I have an appointment tomorrow at the fracture clinic, (not sure what they will do there)I work for a hospice and we have a brilliant councelling team, when im feeling upto it i will deffinatly go talk to one of the girls about it. How long until i should request some physiotherepy from the doctor?

I want to thank you so much once again as your reply has made me feel at ease as i think people are thinking im just moaning and there is nothing wrong with me cos i look ok and put on a brave face. I shall keep you updated.

This website is a brilliant help for people going through this kind of accident. Thankyou. kind regards Milly

Michelle Here...



Dear Milly, You are so very welcome. I am so so pleased you went back to your doctor, and I am so please your doctor reevaluated your injuries! Fractured shoulder, it is so shocking how many things are missed during an ER visit.

You will find weirdly that the sling will help people understand that you are seriously injured. People are strange about car accidents, if you walk away from them its hard for folks to believe you are as injured as you are! I am glad you have some mates at work to help you with the trauma aspect...

Having your doctor find the fractured shoulder will help too as the pain makes more sense and you will feel less like its coming out of nowhere...

The fracture clinic will likely have some ideas when the right time is for physio... if you are seeing a chiropractor, she or he can start with neck work, without interfering with your shoulder. But until the shoulder has knitted together lying down for therapy will not be comfortable nor healing... be well, I am soo glad you went to your doctor!

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Thankyou so much for the advice.
by: Milly

Hi M. Thankyou so much for you help and advice. it it so nice that someone has the time to explain things cos i have felt quite alone through this. I went straight to the doctors this morning and he belives the sypmtoms i have been experencing are side effects of the codine phophate, the shakes, temperature, beign itchy all over feeling very sickly all the time. I thought it might be that and stopped taking it the day before. i have felt much less sick and my temp has been ok this afternoon. He has prescrbed me Tramadol 50mg and Diazepam 2mg for night time to help me get some sleep and just help my muscles relax. He checked my legs and ankle and says he doesnt belive anything is broken and he said they will take a long time to heel as the impact of the crash has badly damaged the parts where it hit. He isnt worried about my head as the lump has gone down. He sent me to the hospital to xray my shoulder and it is fractured. I have a sling (which hurts my neck but helps my shoulder) the doctor checked over my xrays of my spine and neck and said it will be sore for a long time.I have an appointment tomorrow at the fracture clinic, (not sure what they will do there)I work for a hospice and we have a brilliant councelling team, when im feeling upto it i will deffinatly go talk to one of the girls about it. How long until i should request some physiotherepy from the doctor? I want to thank you so much once again as your reply has made me feel at ease as i think people are thinking im just moaning and there is nothing wrong with me cos i look ok and put on a brave face. I shall keep you updated. This website is a brilliant help for people going through this kind of accident. Thankyou. kind regards Milly

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